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    November 20, 2012
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time uses that would help the vitality of the area because if you have a lot of entertainment uses typically clubs they don't come into play until late at night and allowing some office and retail and day time commercial things would keep the district moving throughout the day too. we had a discussion while we were having a break there on the gas lamp in san diego and -- i'm not trying to hint this is what we're looking to create here but they do have an area where a concentration of dining establishments and some clubs are easily walkable because you often have to be cabbing from one part of san francisco to another to go to different scplais and we have a lot of walkable areas and like san diego there are few walkable areas and why it's concentrated
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there. the other question i had and somebody brought this up. is there any call for metering and housing? i think we may have asked that last week and i was assured there wasn't but somebody brought that up. >> in the plan, in the area plan that would be adopted in the general plan there is a policy that says that we should establish a community stabilization policy that attempts -- i am paraphrasing and affordable housing afford and jobs and it's about that balance. separate from the plan the task force adopted a specific policy and mechanisms how you would achieve that goal and that included what people call metering which is essentially -- if the area fell out of balance then market rate housing is held up until that balance is restored either through publicly developed affordable housing or higher
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amounts of affordable housing in the private projects. that specific policy is not part of the planning code amendments that are in front of you now. that is pulled out separate and that whole issue of metering and how to implement such a policy will be trailing legislation. >> yeah, that's the other problem we may pass something that sounds reasonable as you described and then gets in the hands of the supervisors and somebody decides with trailing legislation and happened with market octavia and other plans and even rincon hill changed from the time we approved it and in my estimation less desirable and i guess we can't control that but get it out to the public and there is treatment of
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certain housing and i don't think we should be in doing. >> just to be clear. the plan is there was separate legislation on the policy that includes metering and as separate legislation that comes back in front of the planning commission. >> good. >> commissioner moore. >> i think it's very important that we talk about the 11th street corridor. i just want to make sure we spend equal time talking about the benefit of the plan which we haven't much talked about. from this anything goes i don't care where it is south of market a few years ago. these are 14 residential enclaves we're trying to pull together as a neighborhood and that is implied in the western soma area plan with attempt to create a main street that focused on folsom street and attempt to bring neighborhood commercial and other mix of uses rather than
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mixed use and that is a big distinction in planning language. i think there is variety for many. i would be amiss to say i don't want to just shift the emphasis on talking about the 11 eth corridor but we are well advised and one thing the plan needs from us opportunitys are focused on the parts of the plan which are the most transformative part locationally and that is finding uses that kind of are build and realized within the heart of the community and spin off effect of new facilities be commercial, be community serving or whatever they maybe, or open space and street improvements benefit everybody. you have a rather large area and 14 residential enclaves and i counted them
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quickly and perhaps 15 that are quite far apart so to create synergy and support in a area and little islands floating in an area of others i think we need to support the formation and kind of ground breaks pieces for the neighborhood and i am prepared to discuss the issues of the 11th street corridor but i hope the commission focuses the parts of the plan in front of us. i think the plan is strong. i think mr. teague is doing a phenomenal job of carrying it forward for someone who worked on it before and i feel really good about how the department is handling it, and i would hope that we can spread our attention far and wide enough to look at the whole
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piece. >> if that's all commissioners we can conclude that item and move on to item 13. 340 fremont street under planning code sections for the theoriesation of change in conditions of approval. be presented by cory teague. >> good afternoon president fong and commissioners. cory teague staff. this is a request for extension for 340 fremont street which you heard informational update earlier today. the planning commission approved this project in june 2006 to demolish the existing buildings
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and develop 400-foot tall building, 290,000 square feet and 332 dwelling units and parking spaces. no changes are proposed to the original project as it was originally approved other than the erks terior design changes and other minor alterations that were presented to you earlier today. there were multiple extensions granted in the past and rincon hill it was required to come back every year and they're back before you again for another extension and in regards to public comment the department did receive one letter of opposition from a neighbor that did not support the extension. it is important to know that the project sponsors have a permit on file and recently filed in august
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revisions to that permit to match the design that you saw earlier, and those permits are currently under review by the planning department. in order for the project to proceed the commission must grant the extension request for another 12 months after the day of the expiration of the last project approval. that would put the next date november 13, 2013. this project does comply with all of the requirements of planning code and the general plan. it is consistent with rincon hill plan and provide significant number of dwelling units to the city and the building permits are up-to-date and under review and the department recommends approval of the extension request. >> thank you. project sponsor. >> okay. good afternoon
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president fong and planning commissioners. i am ezra mercy and representing jackson pacific and art stone who collectively are the sponsor and developer for 340 fremont street. as mr. teague mentioned 340 fremont is approved residential project consisting of 348 apartments and 269 parking spaces and code complying 400-foot tower. there is no change in ownership. the same sponsor remains in place and we look forward to going forward with construction next year and we our 2005 site ap was supplemented in august and provide the documents for
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construction. we demonstrate our commitment to the plan and we look forward to a groundbreaking next year. the rincon plan adopted in 2006 will transform the area into a mix use downtown neighborhood with significant housing presence and provide range of services and amenities that support urban living and set the stage for rincon hill to be home to 10,000 resident s. the plan shows why it's a high priority site and containing large parcels that could accommodate significant high density housing. another factor is the proximity to transit and a neighborhood within five minutes of the downtown financial district and access to public and regional transit and finally major changes in the downtown landscape ranging from the removal of the embarcadero
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freeway and the anticipated compleeg of the trans bay terminal combine to make the vision even more compelling. through the course of 2005-2006 and 2007 we completed significant planning work and the approval process represented approximately 24 months of effort by our team working closely with planning staff. by late 2007 the sponsor had invested over $4 million in soft costs plus land acquisition of $18.5 million various other holding costs. like many other projects around the city the sharp economic downturn forced our project to be put on hold. however as we reported to you last year the rental apartment market has recovered sufficient strength to allow this project to move forward. during 2012 we made substantial investment in
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order to finalize the design and documents so it's ready for construction. we have enhanced building design and excited to see realized and as we speak construction documents move forward for estimated mid-2013 groundbreaking. the construction will make a significant contribution to the housing stock of san francisco, a major investment in the local economic recovery, and the substantial expansion of the new job creation within the city. art stone and jackson pacific are excited to be part of this new neighborhood and in conclusion we are requesting that the planning commission grant 340 fremont the one year approval extension. we look forward to construction starting in 2013. thank you. >> thank you. is there any public comment on this item?
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seeing none commissioner moore. >> mr. teague, i have a question. assuming that the commission is considering extension wouldn't the number of dwelling units be changed to 348 and parking to 269 to match what was presented today? >> that's a good question. the extension is proposed for the project as approved. every project that is approved has condition of approval that basically says major changes can occur as long as in general conformity with what was originally proposed and determined by the zoning administrator, his review of the project, so the difference that you're referring to is that difference that can occur what
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is entitled and what is actually built and not a request to change the original approval to meet those exact parameters. >> i need to make a comment here and the comment has something to do with the fact that this project has been on the books for some some time and the major change that occurred when it was first approved and where we are today is indeed the implementation and approval of the transit center which is key to changing the environment surrounding parking by reducing the parking and suggested at the moment we're getting more into a .7 and consider generically as
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and that we look carefully at holding the developer to parking reduction because of the situation that we really want to commit to further use of transit and fewer cars in the area and i have to say it because i think philosophy how we look at this district has changed so it's kind of a give and takei am -- i am fine with
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the plan and the increase and correct me if it's the other way and that's within the parameters here and that remains up to the discretion of the developer if things and i don't think there is reason to believe it's the older project but what was pointed out before us is the original project because it has the flexibility to do that and the other thing -- this should have been brought up during the earlier hearing, but one other thing that might be advisable and i don't know if i saw it in the plans but i'm not sure if there are plans for retail in this particular structure. i think we mainly have townhouses on the ground floor but hopefully within the rincon
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hill footprint of all the different towers approved and built there are some that will contain a little bit of retail and one of the easiest ways for people not to move the cars around is if they can go to the cleaners or grab a bite to eat or get their hair done on the hill it would make things easier. i'm not saying it's up to this project but we have to look at that as we move forward with fremont street and the rest of the buildings that are in the rincon hill plan>> commissioner moore. >> do you see that as a problem and that comment as part. extension of this project. i believe we need to describe the changing circumstances and the project and redesign and
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responsive to what the planning department is asking for. i am particularly interested there is a comment that we will continue to support increase in units but we are looking for a potential lowering of parking [inaudible] >> i'm not going to attempt to legal answer which mr. genius could probably provide. we're in the process of construction documents that allow for the number of parking spaces that are specified. the only way that we could increase the parking count practically speaking would be to excavate another 15 or 20 feet and build a fourth level below grade. that would be an exceedingly costly and time consuming solution which i submit our plans as evidence we considered
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long ago and elected not to pursue. on behalf of both partners i think of course we can only carefully and respectfully note your philosophical statement. i don't know if you're asking us to formally create a sublimit in the approval as a condition of the extension which i probably don't have the authority to do on the spot without consulting art stone. >> probably not. i just want to make sure that as other projects which of dormant for a long time come forward i want the major planning rules of this city reflected in giving extensions but always recognizing changed circumstances and i think that we need to do that in order to
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fully commit the transformation of the city through these major moves. >> commissioner moore i am noting openly and carefully about the change of circumstances of downtown and your philosophical view about parking. >> and i think he will be facilitated to make that happen. no other questions. >> commissioner there is a motion and a second to approve with conditions. >> and just to be certain i didn't hear any modifications. commissioner. >> aye. >> commissioner. >> aye. >> commissioner. >> aye. >> commissioner. >> aye. commissioner. >> commission president fong. >> aye. >> that passes unanimously. next is case 14 at 2001 3rd
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street. request for conditional use theoriesation. >> good afternoon commissioners. i am michelle from the planning staff. this is a conditional use permit from at&t to install a facility at 200130 and at mariposa and 3rd street. at&t proposes instillation up to nine an ten'ss and mounted on the screen and match the existing building and minimally visible and there is one on the northwest corner that will be removed as part of this project this is preferred location site. staff received 25 emails and opposed to the project based on health concerns. impact on the property and visibility of the
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project and blocked views and request for additional information. in response to that at&t arranged a another meeting this week and give information on the proposed project. staff has received four letters in support of the project and i am available for questions if needed. thank you. >> project sponsor. >> good afternoon president fong, members of the commission. i am teddy and director of external affairs for at&t california. i am joined by the company who conducted the radio test and information included in the packets and with carolyn berry and project manager for this project. we are seeking
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your approval on the conditional use permit application for a nine panel site to be placed at 2001 3rd street. approval of this permit will not only allow us to construct this new facility but enable us to decommission a omni directional one elected at mayor's office posa and 3rd street. >> >> we did hold two community meetings as was indicated. we had the second one on tuesday night. we had 15 people attend and address some of the concerns outlined in that petition and we did respond to the woman who was here this afternoon but did not -- was not able to speak because she had to teach at 4:00 o'clock and we offered bill to go out and test her live work space
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which is up the street from the location -- actually it's attached to the building, so i want to thank the department staff for helping us to direct and design this site so that is compatible with the neighborhood, and i am available to answer any questions you might have. thank you. >> thank you. is there any public comment on this item? >> there was the one speaker card. >> and thank you for connecting with her outside. commissioner borden. >> move to approve with conditions. >> second. >> on that motion commissioners commissioner. >> aye. >> commissioner. >> aye. >> commissioner. >> aye. >> commissioner. >> aye. >> commissioner. >> aye. >> commissioner aye. >> commissioner president fong. >> aye. >> that motion passes six to zero. commissioners that
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places you on item 15a and b at 1984 great highway. request for conditional use and the zoning administrator will consider a parking variation. >> good afternoon commissioner s. before is a conditional use authorization and change from church to child care facility and operating as growing tree childcare and providing obamacare located within the zone and residential zoning district. coastal permit application was filed for the project and found later not required. lot contains a two story building constructed in 1906 and known resource listed in the survey. according to the
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records the property was owned by dennis chief engineer of the san francisco fire department and sold in 1947 to the church of scrieft scientists who modified the interior of the building. this does not concern any exterior alterations and only minor interior ones and provide care for children throughout the day and operate monday through friday serving children up to five years old and operated by a staff of six employees and project sponsor is required to get a state issued license for the facility and adhere to child care general licensing requirements of the state. additionally the project sponsor is speaking a parking variance is heard separately
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and requires two off street parking spaces according to the planning code. to date the department has received two letters from neighbors and raised concerns with the on street parking demands and traffic and noise. to address the concerns the project sponsor attends to apply for a passenger loading and unloading white curb at the front of the property. the department recommends approval with conditions for the following reasons. it meets all applicable requirements of the planning code with the exception of parking and is consistent with the general plan. the projected is desirable as provide a vital service for residents and contract to the economic vitality for the neighborhood and create employment opportunities. this concludes my presentation and i am available for questions. >> thank you. project sponsor.
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>> school representative? >> good afternoon. i am vince sin narrows. i am the husband of maggie prune, the prospective buyer of the property and here to represent her and why we plan to operate the business on this property and our concerns related to the neighbors and how we will address these concerns. just to let you know we have been in business since 2000 and have a great reputation in our present neighborhood, inner richmond. what we plan on doing to the property is converting the existing church into a dare care center /preschool. this will accommodate up to 60
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children and the ages of the children will be up to five years. the hours of operations will be 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. monday through friday only, not week ends. why we plan on operating the business on this property? the primary reasons for operating a day care at this property are the need for larger space and area. we have an extensive waiting list and the need for preschools in the area. presently maggie's family child care located in the richmond district as i stated is limited to large capacity license thus unable to expand seeking parents seeking quality child care with a preschool environment accompanied with a bilingual